Project Overview and Purpose
Planning and development are underway to widen a 5.4-mile stretch of Sweeten Creek Road (U.S. 25A) in Asheville from two lanes to a four–lane divided roadway from Hendersonville Road (U.S. 25) to Rock Hill Road.
Sweeten Creek Road is a heavily traveled two–lane commuter corridor that connects South Asheville to downtown and serves as an alternate to Hendersonville Road.
Proposed work would help reduce existing and future traffic congestion and improve traffic flow within the project limits as well as support current and future residential and business development.
The N.C. Department of Transportation is working with the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization, the City of Asheville, Buncombe County and the local NCDOT division staff to determine the appropriate roadway design for the proposed improvements.
In addition, discussions are underway about including sidewalks and bicycle lanes as part of the proposed improvements. The project team anticipates holding a project scoping meeting with the regulatory resource agencies in Spring 2017, after which, work on the preliminary designs will begin.
Once designs are ready, NCDOT will hold a public meeting to present them for review and comment.
In 2016, biologists, architectural historians, archaeologists and community planners conducted field surveys of the project study area to assess the natural and human environments present within the area. Results of the surveys are detailed in a community characteristics report (2.98 MB).
NCDOT plans to hold a public meeting in late 2017 once design concepts are complete.
NCDOT will notify the public through various channels including advertising in local papers and direct mailings to property owners in the project study area.
Improvements to Sweeten Creek Road from Hendersonville Road (U.S. 25) to Rock Hill Road are listed in the 2016–2025 State Transportation Improvement Program as Project U-2801A.
|Project Development & Design
* Estimated costs are subject to change.
|Environmental Assessment approved
|Finding of No Significant Impact approved
|Right of way acquisition begins
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change
Project Development Engineer
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1548 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1548
Ricky Tipton, P.E., P.L.S.
Division Construction Engineer
(828) 251-6171 Extension 209
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55 Orange St.
Asheville, NC 28801
Kevin Moore, P.E.
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Raleigh, NC 27699-1582
Resources for Local Property Owners
Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.